Govt maintains marital rape not criminal

Source: The Star Online

KUALA LUMPUR: A parliamentary committee decided a decade ago after a study that it is permissible for a husband to “rape” his wife.

This position was taken by the six-member bi-partisan speacial committee set up to review marital rape laws when amendments to the Penal Code were being considered between 2004 and 2006.

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Nancy Shukri said the Government decided to maintain the present rape laws and not include marital rape.

“The provision with regard to Section 375 that intercourse between a legally married couple continues to remain in force and cannot be considered as rape.

“To date, there are no proposals to amend this,” she said in a written reply to a question from Ramkarpal Singh in Parliament. Read more

OSA necessary sometimes to avoid government ‘embarrassment’, MACC says

Source: The Malay Mail Online

KUALA LUMPUR, June 10 ― The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) said today that the Official Secrets Act 1972 (OSA) is necessary to ensure that certain classified information does not cause Putrajaya “embarrassment or difficulties.”

MACC head of research Datuk Han Chee Rull - MMO file pic

MACC head of research Datuk Han Chee Rull – MMO file pic

MACC head of research Datuk Han Chee Rull said although some information deemed secret under the OSA may not be relevant to national security, it is still necessary to protect both the public and private sector’s interest.

“On the other hand, we need to be mindful that protecting confidential information will not always be about national interest, national security but there are other considerations as well.

“This may include disclosure of public information that may cause embarrassment or difficulties in the running of the government or government interest or even private interest,” Han said during a Centre to Combat Corruption and Cronyism (C4) forum titled ‘The Official Secrets Act (OSA): Repeal, Review or Stay?’ Read more

Citing operational hiccups, Selangor Speaker says state FOI law needs improvements

Source: The Malay Mail Online

KUALA LUMPUR, June 10 — Selangor’s Freedom of Information Enactment 2010 (FOI) needs to implemented and used more efficiently, Selangor Speaker Hannah Yeoh said today, after several problems with the law surfaced following the public’s request for information on two high-profile highway projects and the state’s controversial water deal.

She explained that inexperienced staff and operational hiccups had upset the public when they did not receive the information they requested about the Damansara-Shah Alam Expressway (Dash), Kinrara-Damansara Expressway (Kidex) and the agreement about Selangor’s water restructuring exercise with Putrajaya.

“Some operational problems that we discovered… since the passing of the law, there is no exco or state minister put in charge of the portfolio to make sure there is execution.

“(Former Selangor mentri besar) Tan Sri Khalid (Ibrahim) back then left it to the hands of the state secretary.

“You cannot leave such a controversial act in the hands of civil servants because civil servants have been trained all this while to operate using the Official Secrets Act (OSA),” she said. Read more

RTD dress code shows conservative Islam creeping into civil service, activist says

Source: The Malay Mail Online

Datuk Noor Farida Ariffin   ― File pic

Datuk Noor Farida Ariffin ― File pic

KUALA LUMPUR, June 10 ― Malaysia’s civil service appears to be increasingly influenced by conservative Islam, an activist said today amid controversy surrounding the Road Transport Department (RTD) dress code that prohibits short skirts and sleeveless tops.

Datuk Noor Farida Ariffin, member of the moderate G25 group comprising Malay former high-ranking civil servants, said it was “absurd” and “unacceptable” for the RTD to force an ethnic Chinese woman, who had worn a skirt ending just above the knee, to don a sarong in order to get service at one of its offices.

“It shows the infiltration of religious conservatism into public administration,” Noor Farida told Malay Mail Online. Read more

Menjelang Ramadan, Putrajaya akui hanya 33 rumah siap dibina

Sumber: The Malaysian Insider

Banjir di Semenanjung Malaysia pada Disember lepas adalah antara paling buruk pernah melanda negara ini, menjejaskan Kelantan, Terengganu, Pahang, Perak dan Johor dengan kemuncaknya, lebih 250,000 orang dipindahkan. – Gambar fail The Malaysian Insider, 9 Jun, 2015.

Banjir di Semenanjung Malaysia pada Disember lepas adalah antara paling buruk pernah melanda negara ini, menjejaskan Kelantan, Terengganu, Pahang, Perak dan Johor dengan kemuncaknya, lebih 250,000 orang dipindahkan. – Gambar fail The Malaysian Insider, 9 Jun, 2015.

Putrajaya hari ini mengesahkan hanya 33 unit rumah yang sudah siap dibina kepada mangsa banjir di seluruh Malaysia pada ketika penganut Islam bakal menyambut bulan Ramadan tidak lama lagi.

33 unit itu adalah rumah yang siap dibina kerajaan pusat sejak berakhirnya banjir buruk melanda Semenanjung Malaysia akhir tahun lalu.

“Sehingga 1 Jun 2015, sebanyak 33 unit siap dibina oleh kerajaan persekutuan di seluruh Malaysia dan diserahkan kepada mangsa-mangsa banjir,” kata Menteri di Jabatan Perdana Menteri Datuk Seri Shahidan Kassim di Dewan Rakyat pagi ini.

Shahidan berkata, 309 sedang dalam peringkat pembinaan dan 238 unit dalam pra pembinaan.

Sebanyak 1412 unit rumah kekal baru akan dibina kerajaan pusat, sementara 57 unit dibina kerajaan negeri. Read more

Boats with migrants waiting to enter Malaysia

Source: The Malay Mail Online

Migrants from Bangladesh carry their belongings as they cross the Myanmar-Bangladesh friendship bridge in Taungpyo, Rakhine on Monday. — Reuters pic

Migrants from Bangladesh carry their belongings as they cross the Myanmar-Bangladesh friendship bridge in Taungpyo, Rakhine on Monday. — Reuters pic

SATUN (Thailand), June 10 — Several boats operated by human trafficking syndicates carrying migrants from Myanmar and Bangladesh are in international waters near the southern Thailand town of Satun waiting to enter Malaysia or to sail to Indonesia.

A senior officer from the Satun coast guard station at Pulau Puyu said they had been monitoring the boats in international waters for more than a week.

“We are monitoring them as we cannot react unless they cross into our waters at which time we will alert the Navy and marine police to take immediate action,” he told Malay Mail. Read more